Mental illness: a modern-day leprosy?

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TitleMental illness: a modern-day leprosy?
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsAmerongen DI, Cook LH
Abbrev. JournalJ Christ Nurs
JournalJournal of Christian nursing : a quarterly publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
Year of Publication2010
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAttitude to Health, Bible, Humans, Leprosy, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Mentally Ill Persons, Prejudice, Sick Role, Social Perception, Spirituality, Stereotyping

Leprosy in the ancient world involved quarantine from family and society and great stigma. Similarly, mental illness today can involve separation, lost potential, and stigma. As with leprosy, most people misunderstand etiology, treatment, and prognosis in mental illness. Nurses are in a key position to educate, intervene, and improve mental health outcomes.

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